An Update on Boosting with Splines

July 2, 2015
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An Update on Boosting with Splines

In my previous post, An Attempt to Understand Boosting Algorithm(s), I was puzzled by the boosting convergence when I was using some spline functions (more specifically linear by parts and continuous regression functions). I was using > library(splines) > fit=lm(y~bs(x,degree=1,df=3),data=df) The problem with that spline function is that knots seem to be fixed. The iterative boosting algorithm is start with...

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R brut

July 2, 2015
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R brut

Filed under: Kids, pictures, R, Statistics, University life Tagged: cex, pch, plot, R

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Get your R education going with GitHub

July 2, 2015
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Get your R education going with GitHub

by Joseph Rickert Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the R Summit & Workshop, an invitation only event, held at the Copenhagen Business School. The abstracts for the public talks presented are online and well worth a look. Collectively they provide a snapshot of the state of development of R and the R Community as well some...

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Chart makeover – Unisys Security Insights Survey

July 2, 2015
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Chart makeover – Unisys Security Insights Survey

It seems that not a day goes by without some information security vendor releasing a report based on a survey. Thankfully, this post is not about the efficacy of survey-based reports or their findings. Today, we’re doing a makeover for Unisys, who just released their Findings from the 2015 Unisys Security Insights Survey. I started reading their U.S....

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The R Consortium: what does it mean for me?

July 2, 2015
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By Andy Nicholls, Head of Consulting Earlier this week a press release from the Linux Foundation formally unveiled The R Consortium: “a group of businesses organized under an open source governance and foundation model to provide support to the R community, … Continue reading →

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iptools 0.2.0 is now on CRAN

July 1, 2015
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We are happy to announce that the iptools package is now on CRAN. Formerly only available on GitHub, iptools now compiles under Debian/Ubuntu, Fedora/CentOS/RedHat and Mac OS X (we’re still working on that other operating system). Oliver (the package co-author and on-CRAN instigator) wrote some excellent vignettes that cover the functionality of the package in-depth,...

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Persistent data storage in Shiny apps

July 1, 2015
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This article is also published on RStudio’s Shiny Articles Shiny apps often need to save data, either to load it back into a different session or to simply log some information. However, common methods of storing data from R may not work well with Shiny. Functions like write.csv() and saveRDS() save data locally, but consider how

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From cats to zombies, Wednesday at useR2015

July 1, 2015
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From cats to zombies, Wednesday at useR2015

The morning opened with someone who I was too bleary eyed to work out who it was. Possibly the dean of the University of Aalborg. Anyway, he said that this is the largest ever useR conference, and the first ever in a Nordic country. Take that, Norway! Also, considering that there are now quite a

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3D Graphing & Maps For Excel, R, Python, & MATLAB: Gender & Jobs, a 3D Gaussian, Alcohol, & Random Walks

July 1, 2015
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3D Graphing & Maps For Excel, R, Python, & MATLAB: Gender & Jobs, a 3D Gaussian, Alcohol, & Random Walks

Showing a third dimension on a flat computer screen is usually hard. Plotly’s interactive 3D graphing changes that. You can zoom, toggle, pan, rotate, spin, see data on the hover, and more. In this post we’ll make 3D graphs with our APIs fo...

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Chronicles from useR! – day 1

Chronicles from useR! – day 1

Today I woke up for the first time in Aalborg. My colle

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News from UseR!2015 – the RHadoop tutorial

July 1, 2015
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News from UseR!2015 – the RHadoop tutorial

by Andrie de Vries Today is the first day of UseR!2015 conference in Aalborg in Northern Denmark. But yesterday was a day packed with 16 tutorials on a range of interesting topics. I submitted a proposal many months ago to run a session on using R in Hadoop and was very happy to selected to run a session in...

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Variable Selection using Cross-Validation (and Other Techniques)

July 1, 2015
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Variable Selection using Cross-Validation (and Other Techniques)

A natural technique to select variables in the context of generalized linear models is to use a stepŵise procedure. It is natural, but contreversial, as discussed by Frank Harrell  in a great post, clearly worth reading. Frank mentioned about 10 points against a stepwise procedure. It yields R-squared values that are badly biased to be high. The F and chi-squared tests quoted...

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useR 2015: Computational

July 1, 2015
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useR 2015: Computational

These are my initial notes from useR 2015. I will/may revise when I have time. Computational Performance; Chair: Dirk Eddelbuettel Running R+Hadoop using Docker Containers (E. James Harner) Introduction Big data architectures: HDFS/Hadoop: software framework for distributed storage and distributed processing Tachyon/Spark: uses in-memory Rc2 server (R cloud computing) Has an editor & output panel.

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Trigonometric Pattern Design

July 1, 2015
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Trigonometric Pattern Design

Triangles are my favorite shape, three points where two lines meet (Tessellate, Alt-J) Inspired by recurrence plots and by the Gauss error function, I have done the following plots. The first one represents the recurrence plot of where distance between points is measured by Gauss error function: This one is the same for And this … Continue reading...

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useR 2015: Networks

July 1, 2015
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useR 2015: Networks

These are my initial notes from useR 2015. Will revise when I have time. fbRads: Analyzing and managing Facebook ads from R (Gergely Daroczi) Modern advertising Google/Amazon/Facebook use our information Ad platforms: Google: RAdwords, facebook likes: fbRads. You can use the facebook API to get information from facebook. Get hashes of email address, not the

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useR 2015: Romain Francois: My R adventures

July 1, 2015
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useR 2015: Romain Francois: My R adventures

Using R since 2002 and has been working on Rcpp, Rcpp11, Rcpp14 and dplyr internals. Worked on a number of big projects. 2005 he set up the R Graph Gallery 2009 worked on rJava 2010 Rcpp 2013 dplyr Key themes are Performance and usabililty rJava 0.7-* Creating objects was messy d <-jnew("java/lang/Double", 42 .jcal(d, "D",

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How long do prison escapees go before being caught?

June 30, 2015
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How long do prison escapees go before being caught?

How long do prison escapees go before being caught? The post How long do prison escapees go before being caught? appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Useful tutorials

June 30, 2015
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There are some tools that I use regularly, and I would like my research students and post-docs to learn them too. Here are some great online tutorials that might help. ggplot tutorial from Winston Chang Writing an R package from Karl Broman Rmarkdown from RStudio Shiny from RStudio git/github guide from Karl Broman minimal make tutorial from Karl

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flip and rotate branches in ggtree

June 30, 2015
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flip and rotate branches in ggtree

flip function is a feature request from ggtree user. It accepts a tree view and two node numbers and exchange the positions of the selected clades. ?View Code RSPLUS1 Read More: 159 Words Totally

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How I made every tech company that I may ever want to work for in the future hate me, or “GO R Consortium!”

June 30, 2015
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How I made every tech company that I may ever want to work for in the future hate me, or “GO R Consortium!”

It turns out that when people tell you things, you should listen. Like when Joe Rickert of Microsoft says “this is not news, please don’t repeat what I’m about to say”, you should maybe take note and keep your mouth shut. I’m not quite sure how I missed that, but I did. So on Sunday

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Chronicles from useR! – day 0

June 30, 2015
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Chronicles from useR! – day 0

Today my Quantide's colleague Nicola Sturaro and I came

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Notes from the Kölner R meeting, 26 June 2015

June 30, 2015
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Notes from the Kölner R meeting, 26 June 2015

Last Friday the Cologne R user group came together for the 14th time, and for the first time we met at Startplatz, a start-up incubator venue. The venue was excellent, not only did they provide us with a much larger room, but also with the whole infrastructure, including table-football and drinks. Many thanks to Kirill for organising all...

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PRESS RELEASE: Mango Solutions and The R Consortium

June 30, 2015
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PRESS RELEASE: Mango Solutions and The R Consortium

Mango Solutions announces its key involvement with the newly launched R Consortium to support millions of users around the world   Mango Solutions, the leading data science company based in Europe and with offices in the UK and China are … Continue reading →

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Announcing the R Consortium

June 30, 2015
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Announcing the R Consortium

The R community has grown explosively over the past few years, both in terms of the number of R users and the number of companies who rely on R as their data science platform. To serve the needs of this rapidly growing community, and to continue the success of the R Project as a whole, representatives from the R...

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Accelerating R: RStudio and the new R Consortium

June 30, 2015
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Accelerating R: RStudio and the new R Consortium

To paraphrase Yogi Berra, “Predicting is hard, especially about the future”. In 1993, when Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman first started working on R, who would have predicted that it would be used by millions in a world that increasingly rewards data literacy? It’s impossible to know where R will go in the next 20

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Exploring SparkR

Exploring SparkR

A colleague from work, asked me to investigate about Spark and R. So the most obvious thing to was to investigate about SparkR -;)I installed Scala, Hadoop, Spark and SparkR...not sure Hadoop is needed for this...but I wanted to have the full picture -...

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Data Warehousing with R

June 29, 2015
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Under this link you can find today's slides from the Cardiff R User Group meeting. On the slides you may find interesting packages from the Data Warehousing / ETL perspective. Including few examples and a lot of links to packages repositories. Slides are fully reproducible, including connection via DBI, RJDBC and RODBC to Postgres and SQLserver. Script in _scripts dir....

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My Yahoo talk is now online

June 29, 2015
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Last week I gave a talk in the Yahoo! Big Thinkers series. The video of the talk is now online and embedded below.

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Get by with a little (R) help from your friends (at GitHub)

June 29, 2015
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Get by with a little (R) help from your friends (at GitHub)

@JennyBryan posted her slides from the 2015 R Summit and they are a must-read for instructors and even general stats/R-folk. She’s one of the foremost experts in R+GitHub and her personal and class workflows provide solid patterns worth emulation. One thing she has mentioned a few times—and included in her R Summit talk—is the idea

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